Release Date: Jul 28, 2017
Record label: Full Time Hobby
M ostly, this debut tilts at Portishead covering the Beatles' I Want You (She's So Heavy), with some success. Compared with her 2015 demo collection, Bleaksploitation, the richer production allows Von Schleicher's full-throated vocals to impress, swooping and keening above serpentine riffs and distorted drums. At first, the jauntier, slightly derivative rockers signal strongest, then the darker ballads and self-scouring lyrics lure you in.
Internships typically end with a handshake, a letter of rec, and a modest happy hour on the company dime. Katie Von Schleicher's got her a record deal. A few years back, Ba Da Bing label head Ben Goldberg made his then-charge an offer: make a record and the label might just put it out there. Much to Goldberg's delight, Von Schleicher returned with Bleaksploitation, a small-yet-staggering collection of full-throated lo-fi lamentations recorded entirely by Von Schleicher--also of cracked Americana combo Wilder Maker--herself.
Picture this: a silhouetted figure is standing in a doorway, looking into a dark room. Arms projected slightly. The figure is fixated on something in front of them. Fog rolls in from behind. The figure is wearing a shirt that says just "Sad Songs" in large, bold print. Here you have a literal frame ….